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7 June 1909 (USA) See more »
In the little Italian city of Cremona there dwelt Taddeo Ferrari, a violin maker and student of Andrea Amati... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting Story, But Filmed With Little Imagination or Skill See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
Herbert Prior ... Taddeo Ferrari

Mary Pickford ... Giannina, Taddeo's Daughter

Owen Moore ... Sandro
David Miles ... Filippo, the Cripple
Harry Solter ... The Judge
Marion Leonard ... The Judge's Companion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Worker / In Crowd
Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... In Crowd
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Crowd

Violet Mersereau ... In Crowd
Anthony O'Sullivan ... Worker

Mack Sennett ... In Crowd

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
François Coppée  story
Frank E. Woods  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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10 min
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This is said to have been Mary Pickford's first credited film. Although it is unclear if she had been background in earlier Biograph films.See more »
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Interesting Story, But Filmed With Little Imagination or Skill, 14 April 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is a flawed attempt to film an otherwise worthwhile story. The narrative of "The Violin Maker of Cremona" is nothing weighty or complex, but it has enough substance to work as a short story, and it could have made a pretty good one-reeler. In this movie, though, things just don't work very well. It misses a lot of the potential in the story, and it does not really stand out in any cinematic way, either.

The story begins with two apprentice violin makers who are in love with the same young woman, and who both hope to win the same violin-making contest. As things develop from this starting point, the basic story-line is clear, but much of the action is inadequately explained and/or unclear. The physical effects of the film's age don't help in this respect, but that does not explain away all of the flaws. Moreover, there was a lot of potential for drama and emotion that is never developed or used. Thus, the small amount of dramatic tension that it generates soon fizzles out.

Just a little bit of imagination could have given this film a lot more impact. Given the director, it is surprising how little skill there is in this feature. Probably the only thing really notable about it is the chance to see a young Mary Pickford in one of her early roles.

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